I have an understanding of what watch to wear when – dress watch with a suit, chronograph at weekends – but what rules are there about how you attach it to your wrist? Does the strap need to match my shoes? What about my belt or bag?
How much stock you put in this kind of thing is, frankly, up to you. Personally, I avoid the palaver altogether with a fabric strap – an orange-and-navy NATO, since you ask – or a Milanese mesh bracelet, which I pair with a cold, cruel personality to ensure I need never find a wedding ring to match.
As with everything, the more formal you look, the more you should adhere to the rulebook. But if you do decide to go matchy, then don’t go matchy-matchy: a man whose leathers are all precisely the same shade of brown is the kind who swerves towards animals when they cross the road in front of him. A few shades of difference, please. Or else expect other people to swerve you.
— Tom Banham, Associate Editor